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May 18, 2008 | By Jim Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two weeks ago today, Chase Utley stood in front of his locker at Citizens Bank Park and packed for a West Coast trip. Utley tossed his fielder's glove, batting gloves, spikes, sneakers and sunglasses into a red equipment bag. He then reached into his locker, pulled out five brand-new ebony bats - gamers - and stuffed them into his bat bag. Before zipping the bat bag closed, Utley reached for the one piece of equipment he hadn't left home without...
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August 2, 2013 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
IN THE BOTTOM of the first inning, Chase Utley stepped to the plate and hit a home run. It was the 14th time he had done so this season, good enough for fourth among major league second basemen. If anybody needed a reminder that the 34-year-old veteran was still one of baseball's best players at his position, here it was. Still, as he trotted around the bases to the hearty approval of the Citizens Bank Park crowd, you couldn't shake the feeling it was the beginning of another egregious miscalculation by a Phillies organization struggling to find the path toward a better tomorrow.
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May 4, 2010 | By MARK KRAM, kramm@phillynews.com
So here's the deal: You get to invite any of the top stars in Philadelphia sports over to the house for dinner. We're talking hypothetically, of course, but just say you have that opportunity. Who would you invite? Ryan Howard? DeSean Jackson? Mike Richards? And what would you serve them? Would you go Italian? Send out for Chinese? Or perhaps you have a favorite dish that has been passed down through the generations? We asked you whom would you like to have over in the survey we conducted with the Sport Industry Research Center at Temple University and you chose to chow down with Chase Utley.
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July 16, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MINNEAPOLIS - A chair reserved for Chase Utley was positioned under a sign with his name on it, but the Phillies second baseman stood. He stared at the seat. Major League Baseball mandated that Utley - the lone Phillies all-star - spend 45 minutes Monday with reporters. He overcame career-threatening knee injuries to start Tuesday night for the National League, but circumstances overshadowed that accomplishment. "Are they trying to trade him?" Hunter Pence, a former teammate, wondered from across the room.
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April 12, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
WE ENTERED the season knowing that the Phillies needed a lot of things to go right in order for them to return to the postseason, and the last couple of nights have offered a tantalizing glimpse at the kind of team they can become if those things break in the proper direction. Of course, two nights make for a small sample size. The last time the Phillies had faced Jeremy Hefner, all seven of the batters they sent to the plate against him ended up scoring runs. But a lineup can only hit against the pitchers whom the other team sends to the mound, and in rattling off their first back-to-back victories of the season, Charlie Manuel's team did just that.
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April 1, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writerlawrenr@phillynews.com
THE BALL came toward his head and baserunner Chase Utley did the natural thing. He ducked. After avoiding contact with Domonic Brown's heat-seeking missile of a base hit, Utley regained his footing and took off from first to second base. He didn't stop until he slid safely into third base. Utley then bounced back on his feet and prepared for the next step. It was March and he was playing baseball, so any next step he took was going to be a heck of a lot farther than any he made in the last two springs.
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September 19, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Chase Utley and Ryan Howard remain the heart of the Phillies' batting order and they were the foundation for this franchise's run of success that started in 2007 and appears likely to end in 2012. But as the season winds toward its conclusion, it's obvious they are players in transition. After the Phillies took early batting practice Monday afternoon, Utley remained on the field and worked extensively at third base with coach Sam Perlozzo. Howard, meanwhile, fielded questions about a season that started with him on the disabled list after undergoing surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon and is ending with the first baseman in a terrible slump.
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May 8, 2015 | David Murphy, Daily News Sports Columnist
REPORTS OF Chase Utley's demise have been exaggerated, but not greatly, and not even moderately. This wasn't only the worst April of his career, but the worst month of his career. At the same time, any talk of rectifying the situation through some means other than letting him play his way out of it is extraordinarily premature. As we have written many times, the Phillies are in a position where they must attempt to maximize the future value of the assets they have in their organizational portfolio, and Utley remains one of those assets.
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June 21, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
PHILLIES SECOND baseman Chase Utley played in his fifth rehab game for Class A Clearwater Tuesday night. What comes next? "I don't know," he said when asked where and when he was going to rehab next. "I really don't know. " Utley was 1-for-3 with a single and a walk as a designated hitter in an 8-2 loss to Dunedin, a Blue Jays affiliate. On Monday, he tested his chronically injured knees by playing second base for six innings in a win over Dunedin. When asked before Tuesday's game whether his knees felt OK, Utley was succinct.
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September 29, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - In the end, there was too much risk and too little time. Sure, the Phillies were more than willing to listen when Chase Utley approached them with the idea of moving to third base. He worked diligently in afternoon sessions there and showed enough progress in one month to make team officials believers. Then the Phillies staved off formal elimination until Friday and it put this experiment in a precarious position. Six games at third base for Utley - good or bad - were not large enough of a sample size to influence a winter strategy.
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May 17, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maikel Franco's Friday began much earlier than usual when shortly after 7 a.m. he heard a knock on his door at the Rochester Plaza Hotel. It was triple-A Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage, there to deliver the news that the third baseman was headed to Philadelphia. It was early for the 22-year-old Franco, who said he typically wakes up at about 11 a.m. "It's good," he said hours later, seated in the Phillies' dugout at Citizens Bank Park. "I'll take that. " By the end of his day, Franco had in the books his first game as the Phillies' everyday third baseman.
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May 14, 2015 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
ON SUNDAY, Ryne Sandberg opted against inserting setup man Ken Giles in the eighth inning of a game in which the Phillies had battled back to trim a three-run deficit to one. Long reliever Jeanmar Gomez ended up allowing a pair of runs to thwart the comeback effort, but Sandberg said afterward he was hesitant to use his big weapons in a deficit situation, given that relievers can't pitch in every game. So it was with a bit of frustration that, two days later, the manager found himself calling on Giles and closer Jonathan Papelbon to pitch with a five-run deficit on the scoreboard because both relievers needed work.
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May 14, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Right after the Phillies trimmed their deficit to one run Tuesday night, Luis Garcia followed a recent trend among the team's pitchers. The hard-throwing righthander gave runs right back, putting the game out of reach for baseball's worst offense. A four-run seventh inning by the Pittsburgh Pirates punctuated the Phillies' fourth consecutive loss, a 7-2 defeat at Citizens Bank Park that put them a major-league-worst 12 games under .500. This is the latest into a season that the Phillies have owned baseball's worst record since late in their 97-loss campaign in 2000.
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May 12, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chase Utley snapped the clasp of his silver watch after dressing at his locker. Another day was complete. Another loss - this time a 7-4 defeat to the New York Mets - was finished. Utley went 1 for 3 with a run scored. His lone hit was his first double of the season. It gave him a hit on consecutive days for the first time this season. Utley's batting average rose to .116, an increase of 17 points from where it stood before Saturday's loss. It is still the major-league's lowest mark.
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May 12, 2015 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
FROM 2006 TO 2009, only four National League hitters tallied more doubles than Chase Utley, but as he stepped to the plate in the fourth inning yesterday, the second baseman was still in search of his first of the season. In his 106th plate appearance, it finally came, a loud shot off the wall in right-center that carommed away from Curtis Granderson. Three batters later, Utley rumbled home with the Phillies' second run. For the team, the story of the day was more of the same, a 7-4 loss to the Mets that dropped them to 11-21.
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May 12, 2015
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg defended his decision to use Jeanmar Gomez instead of Ken Giles in the eighth inning of the 7-4 loss Sunday. The Phillies trailed by a run heading into the eighth. Giles threw just 11 pitches Friday, his first outing after three days of rest. Sandberg said he does not like to use Giles and some of the other relievers when the team is trailing. Gomez had not pitched in a win since April 11. Nine of his 11 appearances have come in a Phillies loss. He allowed three hits in the eighth, none more crushing than Johnny Monell's two-run pinch-hit double.
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May 11, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lingering questions regarding the sharp second-half decline that capped Chase Utley's sixth all-star season were tempered in spring training. Despite easing into camp because of a swollen right ankle, the 36-year-old second baseman left Clearwater swinging, by far, the hottest bat on the Phillies. But the first 30 games of the season have sharply accentuated the doubts that arose after last May, when Utley followed a torrid first month and a half with a .244 average from June through September.
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May 10, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cole Hamels walked off the mound, raised his glove to his mouth and barked into the mitt. The pitcher headed to the dugout irritated after allowing a run in the fourth inning of Friday's 3-1 win over the New York Mets. It was the lone blemish on an otherwise striking night at Citizens Bank Park. Hamels struck out eight batters - the highest at home since last July - and allowed four hits. He retired 10 of his final 11 batters and threw more than 100 pitches for the sixth time in seven starts.
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May 8, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Chase Utley took the field with the rest of his teammates for the routine pregame stretch last night at Turner Field. But his footwear choice stood out. While the rest of his teammates had their regular red spikes or turf shoes on, Utley had on a pair of standard tennis sneakers, more electric orange-red than team colors. When the rest of his teammates hit the field for batting and fielding practice, Utley retreated back to the dugout. "That's typical of him on an off day," manager Ryne Sandberg said of Utley giving his swing a complete rest.
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May 8, 2015 | David Murphy, Daily News Sports Columnist
REPORTS OF Chase Utley's demise have been exaggerated, but not greatly, and not even moderately. This wasn't only the worst April of his career, but the worst month of his career. At the same time, any talk of rectifying the situation through some means other than letting him play his way out of it is extraordinarily premature. As we have written many times, the Phillies are in a position where they must attempt to maximize the future value of the assets they have in their organizational portfolio, and Utley remains one of those assets.
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